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Era Extrana is very different, but it has grown on me since I first got it. I reserve the 'listen to the entire album a few times' thing for few artists, and Neon Indian is one of them. The first few goes around the songs blend together without any real instant connections, but soon they worm their way into your mind and you find yourself looking for them.
First off, it's definitely less Chillwave. Still very electronic, but it seems put together very differently. Psychic Chasms is very driven by the instrumentals, with the vocals more a part of the background than as the bones of the song. You could take out the vocals and not notice, which I think is why it's so beautiful. Era Extrana doesn't have as much as that laid back lift that defines chillwave, the song structure is more similar to what you normally see in songs. Still, Palomo makes it his own. There is one song that sounds to me like it could have been on Psychic Chasms, which is Heart_Decay, in that it is lyrical and storylike without any discernable words.
So here's a song by song breakdown.
Heart_Attack (:57) - Intro. Some escalading synth that leads nicely into...
Polish Girl (4:24) - A single off the album, very electropop. The song flows nicely, but feels veeeery different. What I liked about Psychic Chasms was that each song had a very distinct arc, and would change as they played on. They each ended very distinctly, a nice coda to the music. Each song seemed like it could be about more than just what it was.Read more ›
Those are Polish Girl, Era Extrana, Halogen (I Could be a Shadow), Future Sick, and some other unnamed song that must mention did not appear on the music booklet. Lovely album art by Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell and the Focus Creeps.
Update: After checking the back of the CD album I noticed that the songs I thought were extras weren't really extras. Just confusingly labeled on the booklet. So 6 total songs worthy of attention and they are: Polish Girl, The Blindside Kiss, Era Extrana, Halogen (I Could be a Shadow), Future Sick, and Heart: Release.
Important: While originally my conclusion had been that Era Extraña was a very good album because the album only had a few worthwhile songs, this proved to be changeable.
While would think some of the songs that weren't standouts would remain like that, it turns out after various more listens they develop into something worthwhile. Making this more than a very good album. It is spectacular even though it doesn't have long longevity it still does age well. In other words, one could occasionally come back to it every once and a while.
"Era Extrana" (12 tracks; 42 min.) structurally is very similar to "Psychic Chasms", starting with a short instumental "Heart: Attack" (the first of several "Heart"-themed instrumental interludes), and then delving into "Polish Girl" (1st single), which is good but not great. It is followed by "The Blindside Kiss", quite a departure from earlier sounds (and reminding me for some reason of the Raveonettes, of all things). As was the case on "Psychic Chasms", the album really blossoms on the second half, starting with "Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)". but really exploding with irresitable tracks "Future Sick" and then "Suns Irrupt", both of which are the best tracks on here. The album concludes with an equally great "Arcade Blues (Single)", which is not really a single (not yet, anyway).
I was quite surprised to read in the lines notes that this album is again a complete Adam Palomo solo-recording. I had the good fortune of catching Neon Indian live at their first gig ever, in September '09 at the Monolith music festival (at the Red Rocks, near Denver).Read more ›
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I seriously love this music. Purchasing this CD was one of the best decisions in my life! I feel like I could listen to this whether I'm sad, happy, or mellow. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Teressa
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Just an amazing album, absolutely lovely sound great sound quality etc. Highly recommend.Published 21 months ago by Muero
Being a big fan of Psychic Chasms, I was pumped for Era Extrana. I bought it, and I was initially unimpressed. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by FanOSound
One track sorta sounds like the rest, but that's why you buy an album, not a collection. Good hangout music.Published on October 22, 2013 by David Branson